Sláma Patrik

Fotografováním jsem se začal vážněji zabývat v 17 letech. Fotografické vzdělání jsem získal na Pražské fotografické škole. Několik let jsem se věnoval stavařině a nyní pracuji jako fotograf, grafik, ornitolog a vedoucí ekocentra v Domě ochránců přírody v Praze, kde mimo jiné fotograficky dokumentuji práci svých kolegů, záchranářů volně žijících zvířat. Kromě svého zaměstnání studuji nyní na Institutu tvůrčí fotografie Slezské univerzity v Opavě. Mám rád vážnou hudbu, balet, film a procházky do přírody. Můj fotografický vzor je Jan Svoboda, jehož minimalistické obrazy mě vždy fascinovaly a asi i nadále budou.

|| Vanishing Screams

I take pictures of Prague locations where a murder was committed sometime in the past and I try to do this at the same hour that the crime actually took place. All the locations in my collection must be freely accessible to the public, which to some degree limits their selection. Although about thirty murders are committed in the Prague vicinity each year, the scene of the crime is typically a residential building, a private flat or cellar. My interest, however, is chiefly the relationship between the public space and the tragic event whose gravity we are often no longer even aware of. The set aims to play with our imagination and make us notice that matter-of-factliness with which we come home each day not realizing what the places we pass on our way and look upon as everyday, sometimes almost boring, may have been scene to in the past. In a world where alongside our lunch and dinner we are accustomed to consuming a portion of wars, traffic accidents and criminal stories, we rarely fathom that the very same path that led us home that night may have proven fatal to someone at some point in the past. It is not the intention of the artwork to frighten the viewer, but rather to get him to ponder whether these „commonplace“ locations may perhaps have a story to tell and maybe to still trace an imprint that the darkly event had left behind. Each viewer may then on their own reconsider the price of their everyday routine.

|| Inside the Inbetween

The work consists in continually searching for and penetrating into the inner world of the inbetween spaces at the Háje urban project. Scrutinizing the unique patterns pertaining to anonymous spots which represent the author´s most intimate everyday reality. Open areas „flooded“ by light cast by street lanterns; shadows „undermining“ the weight of the local trees, walls and concrete lots. The time when the creator and the housing project´s hidden face encounter, parley, and permit a peak into each other´s hidden niches.